Where;s Macca - October 2018

Where's Macca - October 2018

(As then Labor Senator Sue Mackay, who shadowed me as Minister for Regional Services Territories and Local Government, once famously asked back in 2000*)


A journal of the whereabouts of North Queensland’s Only Senator Ian Macdonald in October 2018

October 1                     Public Holiday – private lunch to celebrate Queen’s Birthday
October 2                     Townsville Office – Constituent meetings
October 3                     Ayr Office – Constituent meetings
October 4                     Townsville – Trade Sub-Committee Hearings; Underwater Museum
October 5                     Ayr Office
October 6 – 7                Travel to Romania as Leader of Australian Parliamentary Delegation
October 8                     Function with Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs
October 9                     Meeting with President + Vice President of the Romanian Senate;
                                     Meeting with the Romanian Chairman of the Committee on
                                     Foreign Policy   
October 10                   Meeting with the President of Romania; Meeting with the Prime Minister
                                     of Romania
October 11                   Travel by boat to Danube Delta lakes – briefing by GeoEcomar on
                                    environmental issues of common interest
October 12                   Galati - Visit to Damen Shipyards and Australia’s new Icebreaker –
                                    under construction
October 13                   Travel to Geneva
October 15 – 18            Geneva- Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly –
                                    Australian Parliament Delegation Leader
October 19 – 21            Travel to Canberra
October 22 – 25            Supplementary Budget Estimates – Parliament House
October 26                   Canberra – Legal & Constitution Affairs Committee Public Hearing –
                                    Model Litigant
October 27                   Canberra to Townsville
October 28                   Ayr – mow the lawn after 3 weeks away!
October 29                   Townsville – Roundtable – Ministers and Stakeholders for Northern
                                    Roads of Strategic Importance
October 30                   Sydney – 39th European Union-Australia Inter-Parliamentary Meeting
October 31                   Sydney – Inspection of Professor Morris Peritonectomy Surgery Clinic

My responsibilities keep me fairly busy. These duties include:

  • Chairman of Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
  • Chairman of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
  • Deputy Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee
  • Chair - Northern Australia Whitepaper Implementation Oversight Committee 
  • Deputy Chair Committee of Privileges - Senate
  • Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia
  • Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters
  • Joint Standing Committee on Treaties
  • A member of no less than 23 parliamentary Friendship Groups 
  • Co-Convener of the Friends of the Outback Highway
  • Patron Senator for the electorates of Kennedy and Herbert

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